Best golf courses in Spain
Famed for its hot climate and fantastic sandy beaches, Spain is the perfect destination for a golf holiday... see which courses we love the most!
Spain has long been a favoured destination for British holidaymakers and it’s no secret why with a hot climate, beautiful beaches and delightful culture.
Spain also has some of the finest golf courses on the continent having already hosted plenty of tour events and even the Ryder Cup. We have handpicked our top nine from a pick of the best golf courses in Spain.
Valderrama was host to one of the greatest Ryder Cup matches of all time back in 1997. Seve Ballesteros’ European Team rushed to a 5-point lead heading into the Sunday singles. The US team rallied back but Team Europe held out. The course today still is up to tour standard frequently hosting professional events and is an absolute must when in the Costa del Sol.
Not short of length, the Finca Cortesin is a real challenge testified by a variety of touring professionals having played host to the Volvo World Match Play Championship for three years. Each hole varies challenging all parts of your game and is in impeccable condition. Finca Cortesin is frequently referred to as “the course to play” in the Costa del Sol and is well up there with Valderrama.
Set in a stunning nature reserve on the Parador El Saler resort, Campo de Golf El Saler is an absolute treat. The highly accredited par-72 has also played host to a variety of tour events and is an annual venue of the European Tour Qualifying School. The surroundings are varied ranging from beach links to areas of typical Mediterranean forest.
A course that skilfully blends into its natural Mediterranean surroundings, winding through a beautiful valley, Las Colinas Golf & Country Club is one of the highlights of Spain. Set in the heart of the Costa Blanca, it is a par-71, 18 hole championship course that is both appealing and playable for all skill levels. The generous lush fairways and gently rolling hills are well maintained, and there plenty of obstacles scattered throughout to keep things interesting and enjoyable. You can even enjoy a scenic walk among the orange fields and lemon groves.
La Reserva is another beauty based in the golfing paradise of the Costa del Sol. Only 13 years young, the Sotogrande course is already maturing into one of Spain’s finest and has been tipped to begin hosting more national and international events. Located in between two valleys, La Reserva offers stunning views and is reasonably generous off the fairways, allowing you to open your shoulders and let the driver rip!
We can’t talk about the best golf courses in Spain and not mention Real Club de Golf El Prat, located in the beautiful city of Barcelona. Having played host to more than 250 top-level national and international championships, including the Spanish Open, it is without a doubt one of the finest golf courses in the country. This is a high-quality course and the greens are maintained to a very high standard. The club boasts 45 challenging holes designed by Greg Norman to be enjoyed by golfers of all levels. And how can we forget, it has a fantastic 300m driving range!
Built by the European Tour to rival the PGA Tour’s Sawgrass course, designers spent 10 years carefully plotting out one of the best golf courses in Spain. Having already hosted several European Tour events, the Stadium Course was a contender for the 2022 Ryder Cup but narrowly missed out. The course is always in immaculate condition and places PGA Catalunya right up there with the very best Spanish golf courses.
Located in Seville, this course is one that will stick in your memory for a long time. Delicately pretty, the luscious fairways and stunning surroundings almost give a feel of playing golf in a garden. Having played host to the Open d’Espana, Sevilla is a testing layout. Designed by one of Spain’s finest ever golfers, Jose Maria Olazabal, all 18 holes have a real Spanish feel and there’s certainly nothing wrong with that…
Son Gual has regularly been voted as one of the best courses in the Balearic Islands and you’ll see why. Located in Majorca, the captivating design is just as great in length as it is beauty. Measuring 7,250 yards from the back markers, Son Gual will test your game but with some signature holes, you will not go home disappointed.
European Travel Consultant